I was drinking whiskey when I wrote this, which is fine because I edited it later. Regarding this particular method of penning a masterpiece, Ernest Hemingway said:
Write drunk, edit sober.
The truth is that this quote has been widely debunked.
So, if you shouldn’t drink whiskey when you write, when should you drink it? Social gatherings come to mind, of course, but I like to do something else with my bourbon.
I recently bought a bottle of whiskey in preparation for the birth of my first child. I drank a glass when she arrived. Admittedly, it was several days later. Weeks, actually. When things finally calmed down a bit.
I plan to drink another tumbler on Father’s Day. (It just so happens that that’s the next big occasion.) The purpose of this kind of drinking is to mark a milestone. Not necessarily to become inebriated. Although, a little buzz can’t hurt.
Whiskey should be enjoyed and savored. I believe this so much that I’ve invested in some of my own sphere-shaped ice molds. And I was recently gifted a few whiskey stones. I’ve yet to try them but I will.
For me, the purpose of having a drink can be more than just achieving a certain state. It can be an event. If I wanted, I could use a Sharpie to mark each one of these occasions on the bottle. It could become my liquid journal.
When it comes to drinking whiskey, I look forward to the fall the most. The first day of the season itself may be reason enough to indulge. Thanksgiving certainly will. And for Christmas… Well, this year, I’m eager to try a recipe for Whiskey Eggnog. And I’m not even that big a fan of eggnog.
photo: Michael Mroczek